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glued to the spot

Unable to move, usually due to fear or surprise. Primarily heard in UK. I wanted to run when I saw the car headed towards me, but my legs just wouldn't move—I was glued to the spot.
See also: glue, spot

glued to (someone or something)

1. Following or staying very close to someone, especially in an annoying or clingy way. We thought Sarah would love the freedom of running around the beach on her own, but she's been glued to us all day.
2. Giving something one's complete attention, and ignoring everything else. He's been glued to that book for the entire camping trip. I wish he would take a break and enjoy the scenery. Conor's kids are always glued to the television. They don't even say hello when we come over.
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be glued to (someone or something)

1. To be following or staying very close to someone, especially in an annoying or clingy way. We thought Sarah would love the freedom of running around the beach on her own, but she's been glued to us all day.
2. To be giving something one's complete attention, and ignoring everything else. He's been glued to that book for the entire camping trip. I wish he would take a break and enjoy the scenery. Connor's kids are always glued to the television. They don't even say hello when we come over.
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(with) (one's) eyes glued to (something)

With all of one's attention focused solely on the thing one is looking at. If "with" is omitted, the entire phrase is separated from the rest of the sentence by one or two commas. I will not abide people eating at my table with their eyes glued to their phones! I came back two hours later to find the kids sitting in exactly the same position, their eyes still glued to the television.
See also: eye, glue

have (one's) eyes glued to (something)

To have all of one's attention focused solely on the thing one is looking at. I absolutely hate it when people eat at my house and have their eyes glued to their phones for the entire meal. I came back two hours later to find the kids still had their eyes glued to the television.
See also: eye, glue, have

glue something down

to fix something down onto something with cement. Glue the edge of the rug down before someone trips over it. You should glue down the rug.
See also: down, glue

glue something on(to) something

 and glue something to something; glue something on
to attach something to something else with cement. Please glue the binding onto this book. Someone pulled it off. Please glue on the binding.
See also: glue, on

glue something together

to attach the pieces of something together with glue. She glued the pieces of the model plane together. She glued together all the loose pieces.
See also: glue, together

glued to someone or something

Fig. following someone everywhere; very close to or touching something. His little sister was glued to him all afternoon. Finally he sent her home.
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your eyes glued to something

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your eyes glued on something

Someone with their eyes glued to something or glued on something, is watching it with all their attention. Her eyes glued to the screen of her laptop, Kate did not notice the room growing dark. People stood in groups, their eyes glued to the TV and a look of disbelief on their faces. The boys sat politely on the gym floor, their eyes glued on the special visitor. Note: You can also keep your eyes glued to something or glued on something. I just kept my eyes glued to the road. I kept my eyes glued on the door, just waiting for him to come.
See also: eye, glue, something

be ˈglued to something

(informal) give all your attention to something; stay very close to something: He spends every evening glued to the TV.Her eyes were glued to the screen (= she did not stop watching it).
See also: glue, something

ˌglued/ˌrooted to the ˈspot

not able to move, for example because you are frightened or surprised: He shouted at her to run, but she just stood there, glued to the spot.She stood there rooted to the spot when she saw the body.
See also: glue, root, spot

glue factory

n. the place where old horses are sent so their bones can be made into glue; a similar, imaginary place for people. I’m not as young as I used to be, but I’m not ready for the glue factory yet.
See also: factory, glue

glued

1. mod. arrested. (Underworld.) Shorty goes to great extremes to keep from getting glued.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. About three more beers and I’ll be glued.
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Plastic resin glue is powdered urea formaldehyde glue.
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Furthermore there are few suppliers of the blood protein, which helps make the glue sticky and durable.
Soy flour can't be used one for one in place of blood protein in glue because soy flour contains less protein than the animal blood.
The glue the manufacturer used would take hours to set up.
2) Delya Campos, left, watches her mom, Shannon, glue kumquats Monday onto a baby dinosaur of the Unocal float.
The glue also keeps out water, which can carry bacteria and infect the wound.
Unfilled and PUR glues may be more expensive, but they can be applied in smaller amounts, allowing a wood products manufacturer to virtually make up the price difference.
Each glue does this in one of three ways: by evaporation, as with solvent- or water-base glues; by cooling, as with thermoplastic glues; or by polymerization-chemically changing from liquid to solid-as with epoxies and some of the other specialty glues.
Since then the company has expanded the line to include Gorilla Tape, Gorilla Super Glue Impact-Tough Formula, Gorilla Wood Glue and Gorilla Epoxy.
Davey and his colleagues at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England, used crystals of saccharin to test the ability of three compounds to act as molecular glues.
Inventors have come up with some pretty unusual uses for glues.
It's important to complete a glue-up fairly quickly; even though it takes about an hour for most wood glues to set and 24 hours to cure, the initial "grab" takes place in two or three minutes, and clamping should be completed by then.
On a less macabre note, manufacturers of everything from shoes to cars to furniture rely increasingly on glues.
Dozens of glues claim to work well on wood and a variety of other materials.